Saturday, May 26, 2012


I love rocks...especially in the garden.  We have some in back, but I have always wanted a BIG rock in the front flower bed.  So..we went to the rock store and bought some.  Sounds simple, huh?   Nope--not so simple.  First, putting me in a rock yard with sooo many rocks to choose from is like putting a kid in a candy store.  There are so many choices, and of course the ones I liked best were on the bottom of the stack.  However, hubby found 2 really pretty boulders in the stone garden and they agreed to let us buy those.  I found 5 other smaller rocks and we were good to go...I thought.  "Just bring them on out to our house guys...and we will show you where to set them."   Uh-uh...they deliver yes, but only to the sidewalk.  It was up to us to put the rocks where we wanted them.  We had no idea how to get two 300 pound rocks up a sloping yard into a flower bed!  Wish I had pictures of delivery day, but I don't--so this is how it went.  The 5 smaller rocks were easy to carry and place in the center bed.  For the boulders--we put down boards (so we wouldn't hurt the grass or damage the sprinkler heads) and rolled the stones ever so slowly over the boards, up the slope, over the edging, and into place.  I am not going to say it was easy-but I will tell you that I love my new rocks!
This is the bed with the smaller stones.  We just carried them up the hill and set them down.  Easy peasy on this bed.
This was the first boulder we moved, and actually it rolled easily and was not too difficult.  The only problem was that is was on the far end of the yard, and it took us a while to get it moved.  I planted needle grass in front.
Add one bright gerber daisy to  the mix and it is done.  (The begonias were already in place).
This rock is just big!  It probably doesn't look so in the picture, but I wasn't sure we would get this one up the hill!  We figured out the best way to roll though..and up it went.  I nestled a Henry Duelberg salvia in front, added another gerber-and the bed is complete. 

Whew--what a job, but I am so pleased with the results.  I LOVE my new rocks!
Hum...wonder what new project I can come up with now....


Balisha said...

I'm with you in loving rocks. We always brought one home from vacation to Wisconsin. A funny story...I worked with a tennis pro and his mom loved rocks too. So, for Mother's day the family had a huge boulder delivered to her house. The huge thing rolled and nothing could stop it. It rolled right into the porch and destroyed part of the porch. She got her rock and a big expense and a story they tell over and over again.
Your rocks look great. I love them.

tina said...

They look great!

Lea said...

Wow! What a job! Looks really good - worth the extra effort!
Have a blessed day!
Lea's menagerie

Anonymous said...

LOVE the rocks! We have some in our front flower beds too, but they were here when we bought the house...and after your description of getting those big rocks in their proper places, I am way more appreciative of both the rocks I have and of not having to get them in place myself!!

Your sister, Kim

Meadowview Thymes said...

Balisha, just love that story and cannot wait to tell Hubby. We were pushing up hill just hoping the boulder didn't roll back on top of us! I am only 5 feet tall--so it was quite a challenge for me!

Thanks Tina--I am lovin them!

Lea--it WAS worth the effort. It is exactly the look I wanted!

Hey there Sister was a funny sight watching short me help Bert roll those things up the hill. Our neighbors across the street came out on the porch to watch! hee/hee